Cyber crime responses sought for Cyber White Paper

Gillard government releases document designed to improve Australian cyber security

Input from businesses and the public on issues such as cyber safety is being sought for a new Cyber White Paper due to be launched in 2012 by the federal government.

The White Paper, which is available from the Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet’s website, will look at how both the federal and state governments, businesses and consumers can make use of the National Broadband Network (NBN) while ensuring cyber security risks can be managed. It was first mooted by Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, in June 2011.

The White Paper, which will be published in the first half of next year, is designed to cover a number of areas including consumer protection, cyber safety, cyber crime, and cyber defence. Submissions are open until 15 November.

McClelland said in a statement that globally, cyber crime has overtaken the drug trade as the most profitable form of all crimes.

"Cyberspace is a shared domain and no single nation can address the security challenges alone," he said. "This paper will allow us to provide an even stronger input into international efforts to fight cyber crime and ensure security across borders."

According to department documents, the paper is part of the government’s strategy for Australia to become a digital economy by 2020. This is outlined in the National Digital Economy Strategy released in May.

The paper also builds on the 2009 Cyber Security Strategy that led to the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre at the Department of Defence, and the establishment of the Attorney-General's computer emergency response team, CERT Australia.

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